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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1950s Titles

The Sweetest Hallelujah
The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey (1950s)
Very sweet...good book about racial tensions -- Added by Fast reader on 02/06/2014

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1950s)
This book detailed the inner workings of a reprehensible, morally bankrupt man. This character narrated his own story, painting himself as a seemingly helpless victim when in reality, he was a predator constantly on the prowl for his prey. I did not enjoy this book, but I respect the risk the author took by making Humbert Humbert the protagonist. -- Added by Shaynie on 02/06/2014

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The All of It
The All of It by Jeannette Haien (1950s)
"To know all is to forgive all?" -- Added by Ethel Hartman on 01/31/2014

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PLOT IT YOURSELF by Rex Stout (1950s)
A curious book in that Wolfe is more frustrated than usual and Archie starts out his usual breezy self but gets angrier and more serious as the book goes on. The final scene was quite a surprise to me, and rather strange. If you're interested in the series, try to find this one. (I bought a copy from the Carmel Library store but I don't see it listed in the library's catalog.) -- Added by dabooklover on 01/31/2014

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A Season of Gifts
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (1950s)
Great book for kids and quick read for adults. -- Added by Ben on 01/30/2014

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Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1950s)
Who is John Galt? The book explores a United States where many of the wealthiest citizens refuse to pay increasingly high taxes, reject government regulations and disappear, shutting down their vital industries. The disappearances evoke the imagery of what would happen if the mythological Atlas refused to continue to hold up the sky. They are led by John Galt. Galt describes the disappearances as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the people that drive society's productivity. In their efforts, these characters hope to demonstrate that the destruction of the profit motive leads to the collapse of society. -- Added by JudyK on 01/28/2014

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Pie by Sarah Weeks (1950s)
My granddaughter recommended this book as it containd actual pie recepies. But the story told is one of love, mystery, friendship and desparation. The ending is not what you would think. Even though this is primarily a children's book as it is published by Scholastic, all ages would enjoy it. -- Added by kathie on 01/28/2014

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The Halloween Tree
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (1950s)
Another audiobook for a quick road trip with kids. It takes you through time and the beliefs about death over the ages with one of nine boys appearing to be near death in each time zone. Very creepy. Only about 2 hours long. -- Added by Jean F on 01/28/2014

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Edsel by Loren D. Estleman (1950s)
Recommend. Estlemans take on Detroit and the building of the ford Edsel. His Detroit series is not a well written as the Amos walker series but is ok. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 01/27/2014

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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1950s)
I had a hard time reading this book. I never finished it in HS, and I'll admit I fought to finish it now. It's a lot of metaphors to make the same point and I felt it was a bit repetitive. Overall the story is kinda sad. Everyone be the same, no one learn, change is bad, different is bad. Curiosity kills the cat... The ending was a little disappointing too. -- Added by TruBlu on 01/21/2014

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Until She Comes Home
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy (1950s)
A pair of murders in this small town near Detroit brings about unrest for this community. It takes place in 1958. Their town is beginning to unravel. Great characterization. -- Added by l3bond on 01/18/2014

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The Commoner
The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz (1950s)
Historical fiction based on the life of Empress Michiko of Japan, the first commoner married into the imperial family. Well-written and offers an interesting glimpse into a closed society. -- Added by wyperson on 01/18/2014

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Speaking from Among the Bones
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (1950s)
Hard to believe that an 11 year old girl is so facile with chemistry and equatons. It is an interesting, page turner read. The ending is most surprising. Those who enjoy reading about Flavia DeLuce will enjoy it. -- Added by kathie on 01/17/2014

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Speaking from Among the Bones
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (1950s)
An excellent Flavia DeLuce mystery, this series seems to getting better and more developed with each book. The eleven year old sleuth is both hilarious and a little alarming. Speaking from among the Bones is my favorite of the series, it truly befuddles the reader until the end. -- Added by Lmclevine on 01/17/2014

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The Rainbow and the Rose
The Rainbow and the Rose by Nevil Shute (1950s)
"The Rainbow And The Rose", by British author Nevil Shute, was written in 1958, and takes place in Tasmania. Johnnie Pascoe, a retired commercial and military pilot, crashes his plane, and is injured and unconscious. Ronnie Clarke, a pilot who was taught to fly by Johnnie Pascoe, volunteers to rescue his teacher. While staying at the injured pilot's house, Ronnie Clarke experiences, in flashback, events in Johnnie Pascoe's life. This is an thrilling book, with some technical airplane / flying aspects, but also with a sense of place in Tasmania. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/16/2014

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